Summer on the Road … 2015

JUST around that curve in the gravel road, beyond the cluster of heavy plum trees and inside the chicken coop-turned-cottage, there’s a lot of commotion going on:  the whirring of a sewing machine, the swish of a broom, the patterns of drums and tambourines, the shouts of calls and responses, the shrill of flute song, the squeals of girl children dancing and fighting… yes, the FAUN FABLES family is getting ready to head out for the road !

Songtellers DAWN McCARTHY and NILS FRYKDAHL are based in the country again, and all manner of elements are in the mix; new hens, new songs, wind storms, rusty metal, electrical wires tangled in the trees, children in the rafters, word-shearing.

While the sun is at its hottest, they’re packing up the best of it – guitars, costumes, Mother Goose, a bookshelf, newly fitted van sheets & songs, a nanny, a hat with a bell, a blue parakeet, whistles to blow while they dance down the street – preparing to play twenty+ towns with a stop in POLAND somewhere in the middle.

NOTABLY, they’ve uncovered some obscure archival recordings of Dawn, circa 1997-2000; solo and exploring, in transition and travelling, setting up the bedrock that Faun Fables would grow out of.
This upcoming Drag City release, for now only on cassette, ‘DAWN McCARTHY/TRAVELLER RETURNING,’ will meet them somewhere on the road.. you might strike it lucky in your town!  STAY TUNED ..

They will also be armed with some new copies of MOTHER TWILIGHT… out of print longer than we can recall !


The word about town is that FAUN FABLES have been secretly making a NEW RECORD, their first in five years since their progeny became a brood; drawing upon all the fragments and molasses, the fruit-laden circus, the ungodly hours of song making that parenthood crowns.
For now, they’re letting out ONE SONG from it (‘O my stars’) with a VIDEO, by Catherine Hollander, ready to debut in the coming days. . an iTunes version will be available for purchase with the video release. . STAY TUNED !

View on YouTube by clicking here …
View on Vimeo by clicking here …

In NILS NEWS ~~ characters characters characters !
Here is a new VOICE REEL SITE, with some excerpts of gems over the years :
And UPCOMING.. he will be an underworld god in The Shotgun Players’ EURYDICE …!

And it’s here we’ll leave you, with the plums starting to drop, and hope to meet up in one of the following towns !


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fr 19 LOS ANGELES @ El Cid
sa 20 TUCSON, AZ @ Solar Culture ALL AGES
m 22 AUSTIN, TX @ Mohawk
th 25 WEST COLUMBIA, SC @ Conundrum ALL AGES
fr 26 CHARLESTON, SC @ Tia Lingua
sa 27 KNOXVILLE, TN @ The Pilot Light
su 28 LOUISVILLE, KY @ The New Vintage
tu 30 New Paltz, NY @ Center for Symbolic Studies **pending
we 1 BOSTON @ Oberon
th 2 WOODS HOLE, MA @ The Woods Hole Community Hall
fri 3 NYC @ Le Poisson Rouge
su 5 ASHEVILLE, NC @ Tiger Mountain
su 12 LUBLIN, POLAND @ Inne Brzmienia Art ‘n Music Festival
we 15 CHICAGO @ Old Town School ALL AGES
th 16 KALAMAZOO, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Cafe
fr 17 MADISON, WI @ Mother Fool’s ALL AGES
we 22 SALT LAKE CITY @ Kilby Court ALL AGES
fr 24 SEATTLE @ The Substation
su 26 PORT TOWNSEND, WA @ Rainshadow Recording Studio, Fort Worden ALL AGES
fri 7 BERKELEY @ The Starry Plough **pending

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